I was just looking at the preview of Superboy #1, which only holds my interest because of Jeff Lemire. I had never really thought about it before, but his basic origin is a gay dream come true. As Superboy explains in the preview:
I’m just the byproduct of splicing Superman and Lex Luthor’s DNA.
Maaan, I wish! Can you imagine two dudes or two ladies splicing their genes together, sans the opposite sex (ew), to create dream-babies?
People always thinks it’s super weird that I went to film school because I want to make comics, BUT IT’S NOT. Lots of comics guys do film, lots of film guys do comics.
Vancouver artist, and a personal all time favorite of mine, Kaare Andrews is currently illustrating Astonishing X-Men. He’s also directed a video for Tegan & Sara and his first feature, Altitude, is now on DVD (but it actually looks pretty lame).
I think in the film world, people get lost in the big budgets and development, but comic books are comparatively cheap to do – it’s just man-hours. It empowers you creatively to build your storytelling skills without worrying whether something’s too expensive or commercial.
It’s only when you start directing that you realize just how small an operation it is to create a comic. There’s the writer, penciler, inker, colorist, letterer, editor…that’s far, far fewer people than it takes to make a film.
So you not only become used to telling stories, you are designing props, lighting, composition, even acting. When you start directing, you’re used to wearing a number hats already.
My good friend Troy Nixey just directed a film for Guillermo Del Toro called Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and he’s an example of a comic book creator who’s crossed over. And it doesn’t just go one way— a lot of film guys are coming over to comics – film guys, TV guys, and concept artists… It’s a very incestuous time in comics, but this is where incest is best.
Troy Nixey’s film has an excellent trailer which you should watch. I have nothing more to say, it’s just nice when I see comics greats saying things that I think all the time. Comics, yay! Also, yay film!
Fucking great article. Agree with everything she has to say.
6. Superheroes are not comic-book characters. They’re characters in movies and TV shows. If superheroes or superhero-like characters appear in a comic, that’s cool, but it’s not what comics are generally about. The Umbrella Academy, for example, is a fantasy story, kind of a goth Harry Potter, about a group of kids born with strange powers who are trained to use those powers at a private school run by a mysterious old man. It’s not a superhero comic. The X-Men? Oh, I used to love that show!
“I’ve always wanted to diversify the DCU, but usually when I do it, James Robinson comes along and kills them all. [Laughs] But certainly we try. To me, I look out the window and see all kinds of people walking down the street, and I want to see that reflected in the superhero community. I’m sure a lot of readers would like to see themselves represented as well. It’s always been a focus of mine to widen the scope of DC’s characters internationally and ethnically.”—Grant Morrison
The solicitation text for the January issue of X-Factor reads:
X-FACTOR #214 Written by Peter David Penciled by Emanuela Lupacchino Cover by David Yardin The suicide of a high school student triggers X-Factor’s most personal case as X-Factor is hired to learn the identities of the bullies who drove the student to take his own life. But once they have the names, do they turn that information over to the authorities…or to the student’s angry family, who may well take punishment into their own hands? 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
Every month I’m blown away by how well Peter David handles the queer members of his cast, both in terms of their attitudes, personal relationships and reactions to real-world events. With the other X-Men books focusing more on mutants as an allegory for racism, he constantly reminds readers that these characters represent a broader scope of diversity. It should come as no surprise that he is now writing a story that is dealing with an extremely important issue in teen bullying and suicide. I want to give Peter David a giant hug one day.
This is an excellent article on the representation of gays in mainstream comics, but it’s easily applicable to queer representation in all media.
"Here’s the great gay paradox; homophobia is best tackled by greater gay visibility, and gay visibility is held back because of homophobia – most notably the pernicious claim that homosexuality does not belong in any medium that might be seen by children. This is grounded in a great misconception; that homosexuality is all about sex, while heterosexuality is all about love. This is only credible if you believe that gay people are incapable of love and straight people are incapable of lust. This seems like a stretch, yet it’s the fundamental position behind the reflexive view that homosexuality does not belong in kid-friendly media."